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Our Green Stories Gallery Tours – April

CURATOR-LED TOURS OF THE MERL GALLERIES
April 16 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

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Date:
April 16
Time:
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cost:
Free
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The Museum of English Rural Life
The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road
Reading, Berkshire RG1 5EX United Kingdom
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Curator of MERL Collections, Dr Ollie Douglas, will be joined by a different specialist for each of these tours. Together they will take visitors on a short conversational trip through the galleries, exploring our collections, and sharing Green Stories about environment, climate action, social justice, and the life and future of the planet. 

Each tour will last about 45 minutes and will culminate in a pop-up display or an opportunity to peek behind the scenes. At the end of the session there’ll be a chance to ask questions and to chat with Ollie and his guest.

This month Ollie will be joined by Domonique Davies (Environmental Humanities PhD Researcher at the University of Reading) for an exploration of the role of poetry, both in The MERL galleries and as a tool to help combat environmental harms and climate breakdown. Domonique is interested in creative and culture-based approaches to the prevention of ecological crisis and will share her research journey, experiences of community work, and how these connect to The MERL’s themes and collections. The tour will finish with a brief opportunity to try your hand at writing your own eco poetry.

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These events are convened as part of the Our Green Stories environmental campaign by Museums Partnership Reading.